Herman van Kogelenberg


Herman van Kogelenberg, Principal Flute of the Munich Philharmonic, is a dutch flute player based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Whilst studying, Herman was appointed Principal Flute with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège in 1999. 

He resigned from the orchestra to join the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam from 2003 until 2010. An invitation by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and their musical director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to become their principal flute led to Rotterdam in 2010, and in September 2013 he was appointed principal flutist of the Münchner Philharmoniker under Lorin Maazel. With the Münchner Philharmoniker he appeared as a soloist in 2016 and 2018. Since 2017 he is also solo flutist of Orchestra Mozart, founded by Claudio Abbado.

Herman van Kogelenberg started to learn flute at an early age with Willem Tonnaer and went on to attend the conservatories of Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague where he studied with Abbie de Quant and Emily Beynon.

Herman van Kogelenberg regularly appears as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player in festivals worldwide and is a founder member of the Farkas Quintet Amsterdam since 1997. The Farkas Quintet Amsterdam is regarded as Netherlands’ premier woodwind quintet and toured extensively throughout the Netherlands and Europe. Recent cd releases of this ensemble include french repertoire, Haydn Seven Last Words and the world’s first live recording of the Arnold Schönberg Wind Quintet opus 26.

A passionate and dedicated teacher, Herman van Kogelenberg is regularly invited to give masterclasses in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. As faculty member at the Pacific Music Festival Japan; at the Manhattan School of Music New York, the University of California Los Angeles, Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Munich, Basel, Bern and Geneva conservatories, Kobe University, or in Tokyo, Seoul, Taiwan and Brasil.

Between 2007 and 2010 Herman van Kogelenberg was professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and from 2010 till 2013 at the Rotterdam Conservatory Codarts.  To give students all over the world easy access to his lessons he is currently engaged in online teaching via Play with a Pro (click here for a direct link).